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is an adat all i need?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by elemnt_x, Jul 30, 2004.

  1. elemnt_x

    elemnt_x Guest

    hey im really getting sick of pci, firewire, and usb2 interfaces. my computer is new and real nice for mixing (athlon 3200, 1gig ddr3200) but my tracks are ALWAYS being ruined by one little pop. i hate this! anyways, is an adat unit the answer to my problems? can i just get an 8 track unit and input all my line signals? i already got all my eq and preamps, etc. all i need is something to record my tracks digitally, so i can dump them onto my multitrack software! i got 300-400 to spend. any recommendations? How do you get the data off the unit onto the pc? thanks!
  2. Farview

    Farview Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
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    If you get the right sound card, you can use the adat as a set of converters and transfer digitally to the computer via lightpipe. I don't know if that would be any cheaper than a motu unit
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Clicks and pops are usually caused by clock errors. Make sure you have the clocking set to the correct defaults.

    Alesis makes the AI3 ... an 8 channel a/d and d/a converter. It streets for around $400. You will need a adat compatible card in the computer too. Anything that uses the adat lightpipe will work.

    Using an old ADAT will work but you will only get conversion in one direction at a time. Also you will only get 16 bit conversion out of a Blackface and 20 bits out of an XT ...
  4. Hack

    Hack Active Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Little Rock, AR
    i know once I got the clocking issues worked out I gained all kinds of confidence about trusting my gear. And the sound quality improved. Getting all that usb, firewire, blah blah working is hard at first but once you get it, I cant imagine wanting an adat anymore. And, the lightpipe transfer will have the same click and pop problems that you have now till the clocks are all happy.
  5. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Distinguished Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    My main problem with ADAT is that you are imited to 48K sampling rate, otherwise you will half your track count when going S/MUX. I'd advise going AES/EBU. Other than that, the protocol is fairly robust.

    Is it going to solve your popping problem??? Probably not. You've most likey got other issues.
  6. damienthorn

    damienthorn Guest

    for cards with ADAT i/o have a look at the RME HDSP 9652 (for 3 x ADAT i/o) or the 9632 which has 1 x ADAT i/o built-in + analog, there are Sound on Sound and Computer Music reviews of these at http://www.synthax.co.uk under the reviews tab.

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